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Christopher Botta

Christopher Botta covers hockey and soccer for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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‘We’ve made a lot of progress in one year’

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 08 / 11 / 14

Anthony LeBlanc, George Gosbee and the seven other owners of Arizona’s NHL team now have one full season under their belts, but this summer has been their first full offseason to market the team. That process has notably included the rebran...

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